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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014

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General store meets modern times at Group hopes to the half-century-old Country Store halt trash, begin compost program

By ELIZABETH SHEPHERD For The Beachcomber

Walking into The Country Store and Farm, a place that has been in business for 50 years on Vashon, is a feast for the senses. It starts in the parking lot, as customers spy rows of colorful ceramic pots and flats of delicate perennial plants on the store’s wraparound wooden porch. Just across the threshold, a bounty of goods awaits — racks of colorful clothing, a case filled with handcrafted jewelry, stacks of books, displays of thick wool socks, shelves stocked with Northwest specialty foods, hand-dipped candles, rubber muck boots and much, much more are all on display. Everywhere, it seems, there are textures to reach out and touch. But there’s also an appealingly earthy smell in the air. It’s the unmistakable, oldtimey scent of a general store — one that offers not only necessities for the inside of your house and closet, but niceties for your pets and garden as well. One large room of the spacious store is stocked

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42 years, beginning in 1971, but last year, at the age of 91, she moved into an assistedliving facility on the island, and Mike took over, regularly commuting for weeks at a time to Vashon from his California home. Since then, he’s added

When Shannon Brundle did a study of Vashon’s waste stream for her master’s thesis, she was surprised to learn that not only does the island not have centralized composting, but there’s no place to recycle yard waste either. It’s either burned or ends up in a landfill. “This is a no brainer to me,” Brundle said. “We’re throwing away green material and trucking it off the island. Why?” Now Brundle’s work is a starting point for a group of islanders who hope to create a community composting program on Vashon and stop the steady flow of garbage and waste that leaves the island. Dubbed Zero Waste Vashon, the nonprofit is exploring the possibility of locating a type of composter on Vashon that would not only recycle many types of waste — including food scraps, yard debris, sewage, meat and manure — but would also produce compost and energy to be used locally. If successful, Vashon would be the first community in the state, and possibly the country, to utilize the technology on such a small scale.

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Country Store employee Vanessa Williams looks at an Easter display by the store’s expanded clothing section. with organic livestock and pet food, as well as organic and natural garden staples — everything from tools to seeds to pest control products and fertilizer. And outside the store, 10 acres stretch out in a lush you-pick orchard and nursery. The store’s success and

charm, according to manager Mike Biel, all boils down to the inventiveness and imagination of its longtime owner — his mother, Vy Biel. “What we’re doing here is just carrying her original vision forward,” he said. “She had a really good vision.” Vy has owned the store for

A soggy spring day doesn’t deter egg hunters Despite a steady downpour on Saturday afternoon, an onslaught of children dressed in rain jackets and rain boots descended on Ober Park the day before Easter to take part in Spring Fling. The wet weather didn’t dampen their enthusiasm as more than 200 youngsters played, met the Easter Bunny and, in the annual the highlight of the Spring Fling, competed with their peers to scoop up colorful eggs that held candy and coupons for prizes at local merchants. “It could be worse,” volunteer Gretchen Neffenger shouted over a loudspeaker between children’s songs. “It could be snowing,” she said. Jim Marsh, director of the Vashon Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the annual event, said he was surprised at the huge turnout, though maybe he shouldn’t have been. Marsh spent much of the afternoon holding an umbrella over the Easter Bunny so she could greet children without getting her fur wet. “It doesn’t dampen things as much as we think it does,” he said of the rain. “I think people here are used to it.” Photo and Story by Natalie Martin


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Vashon High School recognized as one of the top schools in the state By NATALIE MARTIN Staff Writer

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Vashon Island High School recently received a Washington Achievement Award (WAA) and was recognized as one of the top 5 percent of schools in the state for 2013. The high school was one of about 400 elementary, middle and high schools to receive the WAA, an award based on state test scores. The award is given by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education. All schools that earned awards were recognized for high performance in one or more of six categories. Vashon Island High School was awarded for Overall Excellence, an award reserved for the top 5 percent of schools in the state that have overall high test scores as well as a narrow gap between the scores of low-income students and non-low-income students. VHS was also recognized for High Progress, meaning low-income students’ test scores showed improvement over a three-year period. Students considered low-income are those enrolled in the state’s free and reduced lunch program. While 26 high schools in the state received the Overall Excellence award, just six high schools received both the Overall Excellence and High Progress distinctions, something VHS Principal Danny Rock called an important combination. Other distinction categories include Reading Growth, Math Growth, Extended Graduation Rate and English Language Acquisition. “I think it’s really important that we not only are demonstrating academic excellence for our students, but that we’re also serving students who normally don’t do as well,” he said. VHS has also won awards previously. In

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Land trust secures two more properties along Judd Creek Plans are in the works for a trail along the creek By NATALIE MARTIN Staff Writer

The Vashon Maury Island Land Trust recently purchased two more properties along Judd Creek, a step forward in its effort to protect Vashon’s largest watershed and eventually build a hiking trail there. “I’m pretty confident that this will come together over time,” said Tom Dean, executive director of the land trust. For years the land trust has been working to outright purchase or purchase conservation easements on properties along Judd Creek, Vashon’s largest stream and one of two salmon-bearing creeks on the island. Late last year the effort saw a huge boon when the nonprofit was able to purchase a 10-acre plot at the mouth of Judd Creek from Jim and Elaine Scott, a couple who lives at the property. It paid $735,000 for it. This month the land trust closed on a 0.6acre parcel also at the mouth of the creek owned by Gary Scott, Jim and Elaine’s son. It also purchased a 5-acre forested plot, a parcel farther up the stream, from Cheryl Rein. The purchases totaled $201,250. All three purchases were funded by a $4

million state budget allocation secured by state Sen. Sharon Nelson last year for open space preservation on Vashon. “What a gift to the island,” Dean said of the funds, which have allowed the land trust to move more quickly on purchasing properties. “We’re not just saving the best salmon stream on Vashon, but really trying to open it up so people can enjoy it and learn from it.” Dean said the land trust is currently in talks with several more property owners in the area and is making contact with others. “I think a lot more purchases will go forward in the next two years,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of support and a lot of positive conversations with landowners.” This summer the land trust plans to do major work at its Paradise Valley preserve farther upstream, thinning alders and removing invasive species such as Scotch broom and blackberry and planting native conifers. It is currently applying for permits from King County to build a new hiking trail there, which Dean hopes will be complete within two years. Within six years, Dean said, the land trust hopes a long trail will run from the Burton Adventure Recreation Center, along Judd Creek and possibly into Island Center Forest. He said the trail would likely cross

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the creek multiple times and would be topographically diverse, similar to the trail built a few years ago at Shinglemill Creek. “We’ve spent a lot of money buying these natural resources, and we feel where we can provide public access that isn’t damaging to the habitat, the public should have a right to enjoy these properties,” he said. The trail will likely take a half-dozen years to accomplish, he said, because it will take time to purchase a wide swath of properties along the creek and get trail easements where necessary. Trail building, too, requires time and funding. “It’s not something you do without a lot of thought and consideration for how to do it with the lightest hand possible,” he said. As for the two recent purchases, Dean said the 5-acre plot is a fairly healthy forest. The smaller piece, however, contains a small cabin that will likely be removed. The cabin is historical — it once belonged to Artemus Judd himself — but it is in disrepair and covered with ivy. It’s beyond restoration, Dean said, and is a liability for the land trust. “It’s a dangerous structure to leave up,” he said. The land trust is checking with the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation before taking it down.

Vashon Pool’s opening delayed until mid-June The Vashon Pool, which traditionally opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend, will open June 15 this year. The decision to delay the opening was made last week and announced in a joint statement by Elaine Ott, the executive director of the Vashon Park District, and school district Superintendent Michael Soltman. Representatives from both districts are working to find a solution for the pool, which had previously drained into the old high school’s septic field. Current regulations do not allow for that, and workers, believing the sewer pipe that led from the pool and its filtration system was an old, abandoned line, capped it last fall — a situation that came to light just last month. Now, Ott said, it seems that a long-term solution — an infiltration field — can be built this spring, far earlier than anticipated. Moving ahead with this plan, Ott said, means that the pool staff has stopped its efforts to open by the end of May and will not spend the remainder of the money it had allocated to do so. It is unclear yet what the cost of the solution will be, though Ott said both she and Soltman are exploring options for funding it, including whether or not insurance might cover a portion of the cost. — Susan Riemer


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DoVE director works to fight taboos WELCOME VASHON INTERVIEW Activist wants to reframe the issue of domestic violence By JENN REIDEL For The Beachcomber

The place where Betsey Archambault finds herself now — holding her daughter Emerson in her lap and a new puppy at her feet in her farmhouse overlooking Colvos passage — seems as they say “a far cry” from her life overseas. She was formerly a Child Fund International program manager working within five refugee camps on the Chad-Sudan border. There she helped communities create safe and healthy spaces for children and provided education for women’s and men’s groups on reproductive health, HIV and human rights. Archambault and her husband and two daughters moved to Vashon a year and a half ago from Shanghai, China, where they lived in an apartment complex of 100,000 people who barely look at each other when passing by. Not so here, where more often than not curious islanders invite her to chat and listen to her story. If only it was that easy for Vashon to welcome the conversation about domestic violence. In her job as executive director of The DoVE Project, one of Archambault goals is to find a way to get more people to talk about this very real issue in our community. Last year DoVE’s crisis line had a 275 calls. Jenn Reidel: As a new resident of the island how do you feel about your new community?

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Betsey Archambault at home with her daughter Emerson. Betsey Archambault: Vashon is home, and in so many ways I have found my people. Everyone I meet is so invigorating for me personally and professionally because everyone has this passion about the community — what the community needs and what the community can be. That is very inspiring. Everything is so tied together. I read that the reaction of a community is directly related to how a survivor recovers from domestic violence. How

would this work here on our island? It is all about community, and I think in some places that is true. For Vashon, the fact that it is a small community is one of the big barriers we have, to be perfectly honest. With small communities there are completely different problems. If you want to get away, you have to uproot your kids from the school system and support network. Also, if you are employed on the island, you lose your economic opportunity. So those are huge barriers which keep women or men in their situations. You don’t know what the next chapter is going to look like because you are leaving everything you know as your community. No matter how much you are in the center or on the fringes, you are still part of the community. Do you agree that the subject of domestic violence is not welcome in most cases, and how would you change that? I agree. The subject is not welcome. We have to reframe it. It is going to take some work, and it is going to take a long time because there is still a heavy taboo with talking about domestic violence. No one wants to believe it. I want to have T-shirts made that say “Give a Damn. Start the Conversation.” People like to be challenged in that way — I want to give a damn! What do you want me to give a damn about? And then the conversation starts. With so much silence and secrecy involved, how do you help survivors get relief from the isolation? Even though survivors are not speaking on Vashon due to the subject being fairly

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taboo, they are speaking to each other. We are building a network of trust because women and men are welcomed into our network. We have peer support groups led by a survivor. This week I received two calls from women who want to relocate to Vashon to get away with their families. I have directed them to our advocates. We were the first point of contact for them to be welcomed to the island. It is a different kind of welcome because these women are contacting us because they need continued support. What is the best way to encourage survivors to welcome help? Any vision around that? Community outreach. I want to invigorate the community and turn around the whole shame thing. If you look at it, what are the building blocks of a community? It is the families, right? Is there any shame involved in being in a partnership that then creates one of these building blocks of community? No, there is never any shame in that. What there should be the shame in is the person who tries to take away the stability of your own building block within the community. And when you start breaking down those building blocks, then the community is not as strong. It is absolutely a community issue. So I really want to start the conversation about domestic violence. Start it and continue it everywhere.

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EDITORIAL

Don’t let schools slip into mediocrity

We all can play a part in securing the planet’s future

District needs financial support to stay ahead

This week The Beachcomber is recognizing Earth Day as we have for several years, by highlighting efforts by islanders to help our ailing planet in the Going Green special section. This week’s front page tells of a group that’s considering starting a community composting program on Vashon, something that would go a long way in making the island a more sustainable place. The project is certainly an ambitious one. This group, still in the research phase, is considering a project to create not only a huge composting machine, but possibly a more complex and expensive system as well. The county, the company that collects trash on Vashon On this week of Earth Day, and island residents and it’s easy to feel as if our businesses would all have planet’s future is in the be on board with the hands of large corporations to plan, and millions would and policy makers. But we likely need to be raised. all must play a part, and What’s more, this idea that’s exactly what Zero has been proposed before Waste Vashon is trying to do. but never got off the ground. This time, however, many more islander are involved, including some intelligent and hard-working professionals. If anyone can lead the way in bringing this technology to Vashon, it’s this group. We hope islanders give them the time and support they need to determine if their dream is realistic. A new report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calls for global action to be taken by 2020 in order to stop the most devastating effects of climate change. On this week of Earth Day, it’s easy to feel as if our planet’s future is in the hands of large corporations and policy makers, and in many ways it is. But we all must play a part, however small, in slowing the harm that’s being done to our planet, and that’s exactly what members of Zero Waste Vashon are trying to do. Another page in our Going Green special section lists some things people can do in their everyday lives to conserve resources. As an environmentally conscious community, many of us don’t need these tips — we already understand the benefits of using fluorescent bulbs, planting trees or driving less. But how many of us do these things as much as we could? If offered the option, would we take time to sort out compostable trash and set it by the curb? We know the right answer, but often it’s taking action — or in Zero Waste Vashon’s case, spearheading an effort — that is the hardest part.

As the wet, short days of winter morph into the wet but noticeably longer days of spring, and the Flickers rat-atat on my metal roof, I am frequently reminded of why we are so fortunate to live in the Northwest, and more specifically on Vashon Island. I also want to remind you that spring happens to be the time of year that the Vashon Schools Foundation reaches out to our community to ask for commitment in funding excellence at our schools. Having been born in Detroit and having spent all my school years in one of its suburbs — due to my parents’ desire to give us kids a superior education — I am very aware of the consequences of being satisfied with mediocrity. The city of Detroit, once a progressive, thriving, confident city has, through its reluctance to continue to change and challenge itself, fallen into a pitiful state of disrepair. The world grew and changed, and it continued treading water, only to fall further and further behind. When I moved out west, I was

EDUCATION By DON WOLCZKO struck not only by the natural beauty that drew me here, but by the vibrant, dynamic, optimistic nature of its people, many like myself having been recently transplanted. Now having lived on Vashon for a few decades and having raised three children here, I am thankful for the quality education and foundation of lifelong learning that they received in the Vashon school system. In return, I feel it is beholden upon me to be a part of the continued support system for our schools. My involvement with the Vashon Schools Foundation started four years ago with the revelation that the then current level of staffing and programming would be significantly cut — in spite of great local tax support — due to poor decision-making in Olympia. The foundation was formed as a means to bridge that gap, and you all – the citizens and business people of this island —

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Many criticize the government until they need it “Everyone hates the government, until they need a friend,” has been a truism in American politics since Colonial times. Bill Rowling’s letter to the editor, (“Fix the Economy First”, April 16) rehashes all of the popular arguments about the vile nature of government regulation/bureaucracy/corruption and its war against business. Rush Limbaugh and his squawk radio cohorts have become rich off the same rhetoric. These same folks are amazingly quiet when the need for government money and power to support roads, emergency relief, ferries and other services comes along. They seem to hate government but love

“public” (AKA government) services when it suits their needs. All large and powerful forces need countering forces. That’s true for government, organized labor, business, lobbying groups, Microsoft, big marijuana and so on. All have repeatedly proven the maxim (credited to Lord Acton, 1887) that “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” American democracy works best when powerful, self-serving interests are balanced by other powerful, self-serving interests. Rarely does that work out to the satisfaction of everyone. That seems to be especially true here on Vashon. Ask 10 people on Vashon for their opinion on something and you’ll get a dozen answers. My kind of place.

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rallied to our support so we could shore up a financially shaky system. Though the district is on significantly better ground now, the need to continually grow, to change with the times, to be open to new technologies and ways of doing things, will always be a part of what we must embrace, in order that we don’t fall into mediocrity. Vashon Island is such a great community because it doesn’t tolerate mediocrity, constantly striving to express its richness of talent through a vast breadth of endeavors. It is only natural that the school district, one of the basic pillars of life on the island, be afforded the tools that it needs to continue its vision of graduating young adults that will have the enhanced, enriched educational experiences that will allow them to be great contributors to the world community. Please take time to appreciate what we have here on this island, thank a teacher, and lend your financial support, that we continue to educate well-rounded world citizens that are proud to have been educated on Vashon Island.

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Upcoming Granny’s Attic move will displace athletes

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When Granny’s Attic moves to its new location, more than 250 boys baseball players and girls softball players will lose the only indoor place available to practice on Vashon. The indoor facility was built about four years ago by a group of very dedicated volunteers. Led by a few coaches/parents with their kids and high school ball players investing hundreds of hours, new flooring was installed and walls were put up. The result was a place that the youth of Vashon could work on improving their skills in the winter and spring off season. The indoor facility was built entirely with donations from families and funds from Vashon Youth Baseball & Softball. The indoor training facility has become an integral part of the youth baseball program and most especially for our high school ball players. Starting in October and running through June, islanders ages 8 to adult use this space for fielding drills, batting and pitching practice, meetings and coaches clinics. This spring the facility was used pretty much full time, from the time school lets out until 8:30 or 9 at night. Last year we began to see the benefits of the indoor facility as the VHS Pirates baseball team qualified for the state playoffs. Although the news was sudden, many of the volunteers who constructed this facility are looking at options and trying to find a new space for our players. Locating another affordable and suitable space on Vashon will not be easy. And assembling the volunteer effort once again may be even more challenging. The location needs to be safe, warm and easily accessible. The ceiling height needs

The group is integral to island education For the past two years I, and many others, have been teaching to the Common Core State Standards. We have been doing this work while using a variety of sources. In this time I have been witness to a change in the students’ attitudes toward math. Students who have started math with the idea that they are not good at math or that they don’t like math have begun to tell me how much they like math. They are also beginning to notice that they are in fact good at math. All students are seeing that their ideas and strategies are important. This school year I have been a member of the curriculum committee, which has been investigating potential math curriculum that supports our work in teaching the Common Core Math Standards. A lot of work went into the decision to recommend the adoption of a new math curriculum, Bridges. After piloting Bridges, I feel this curriculum supports quality math instruction. It is hands on, provides opportunity for all students to participate in discussion where their voices are heard and important, and it allows students to show their thinking to others. Another important aspect that was considered was that Chautauqua has not had an updated math curriculum in 10 years. With new math standards and 10-year-old curriculum, it is time to update. The Vashon Schools Foundation is a contributing factor to the adoption of new math curriculum. In their

continued efforts to raise money to fund education in our community, the schools foundation is integral in the level of education that we can offer on Vashon. I again am thankful for the contributions made by our community members that enable me to teach our students. — Shanon Browne Fourth-grade teacher, Chautauqua Elementary School

The ‘Vashon Way’

Let’s keep looking out for one another We have a special culture here that I think of as “the Vashon Way.” People look out for each other and are helpful without being asked. One of the first winters after we moved to Vashon 24 years ago, a mid-day storm knocked an alder across our driveway while my husband and I both were at work. By the time we came home, the neighbor across the road had brought his chain saw and cut it up so we could drive up the driveway! Recently I encountered someone who was not practicing the Vashon Way. He or she, I don’t know which, was in such a hurry early one morning that the driver crossed a double yellow line to pass me on a blind curve. Even worse, we were on a narrow road where there is no shoulder at all. The driver probably thought the maneuver was safe enough, but a person or a dog out for a stroll could easily have paid the ultimate price. I commute to Seattle every day, so I know the urge to race for the ferry. Let’s all remember that on Vashon we care about our neighbors. There will always be another boat. — Laura Wishik

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On April 8th and 9th, volunteers gathered at the Bethel Church for a two-day work session making quilts for American Hero Quilts, a local organization that provides quilts for our wounded service people returning from current overseas conflicts. The Sew-A-Thon was made possible by generous financial support from members of the Vashon Quilt Guild. Bethel Church graciously donated use of their spectacular facility, where multiple sewing machines and irons created a scene of busy productivity. In two days of work and camaraderie, 19 quilts were created! Thanks so much to the volunteer quilters, Vashon Quilt Guild members and Bethel Church!

To all the families and swimmers who baked and worked at Thriftway and The Burton Store, and to everyone who purchased the baked goodies - a big SEALS thank you. Your generous donations go toward our reduced fee program.

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We just bought a piece of land and didn’t use an agent to do it. We just paid the seller direct. We went to a contractor we know to start planning a house and he did some research for us. It turns out there isn’t what he calls an ingress/egress easement through a neighbor’s parcel to get to our property. We also didn’t realize that there is no water department there and we have to dig a well. We wouldn’t have bought the land if we’d known all of this. How do we get our money back?

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It would have been prudent of you to have examined the title to the property before you bought it to see if there was an access easement. It also would have been an easy matter to call the local water purveyor to see if they have water shares available and their cost. This is where working with a Realtor would have helped. I’m not an attorney, and you might want to talk to one, but I don’t see that you have a way to get your money back unless your seller is willing to do you a big favor. If he didn’t point out the flaws in this property he probably will not feel “honor bound” to buy the place back just to be nice. You could try to sue him, of course, but that’s an expensive venture and might not work out for you. When buying raw land, it’s very important that you identify the water source as well as its cost and get a fully approved septic design done for the property. You also need to review the title to be sure that you have legal access and that there are no encumbrances. All this should happen before you close on the sale. It’s really up to the buyer to do this. I wish I could say something helpful, but the fact is that there’s not much you can do now except negotiate an easement with your neighbor, start the septic design process and hope it all goes well.

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SUBMISSIONS Send items to slow@ vashonbeachcomber.com. Deadline is noon Thursday for Wednesday publication. The calendar is intended for community activities, cultural events and nonprofit groups; notices are free and printed as space permits. The Beachcomber also has a user-generated online calendar. To post an event there, see www. VashonBeachcomber.com, scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the prompts.

WEDNESDAY• 23 Sustainable Water Use Workshop: Water District 19 commissioner Jenny Bell, sponsored by VIGA, will lead this free workshop about harnessing “laundry-tolandscape” grey water for irrigation. Reusing grey water can reduce the draw of fresh water from aquifers and streams during peak usage months and can also reduce the burden on septic systems. 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vashon Library. Zen Center: Guest speaker night will feature Stephen Black, whose talk is titled “My Zen Life.” 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. at the Puget Sound Zen Center, 20406 Chautauqua Beach Road. Friends of Mukai: Garden committee members Cindy Stockett and Karen Baer will host a slide-show and discussion about Kuni Mukai’s historic garden, created to reflect her Japanese cultural heritage. This program is supported by 4Culture. 7 p.m. at the Land Trust Building. Understanding the Social Lives of Elementary Aged Children: In this lecture titled “You’re Not Invited!” Yvette Butler and Melanie Salonen will present information about development and socialization to help parents and caregivers understand peer issues of this age group, as well as tips on supporting children in developing healthy friendships. Cost is $10 with a sliding scale and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Chautauqua Elementary School.

THURSDAY • 24 Lecture Series: The Burton Community Church lecture and discussion series continues; all are welcome to attend, and the lectures are free. This week’s topics are Montaigne and Pascal — evil and the self, and Milton — epic

evil. For more information, call Herb Reinelt at 408-7360. 4 to 6 p.m. in Lewis Hall, behind the Burton Community Church.

FRIDAY • 25 Master Gardener Clinic: Expert gardeners will be available to help identify and offer tips on the care of native trees and shrubs. Bring a sample or a photo if possible. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside True Value. Birthday Table/Movies and Popcorn: Celebrate your April birthday with lunch at the birthday table, then stay for part two of “Gone With the Wind.” Cost is by a suggested donation of $4.50 for lunch. Noon birthday table and 1 p.m. movie at the Vashon Senior Center.

SATURDAY • 26 Nana’s House Garage Sale: Josh Bingham’s Nana’s House non-profit organization will hold a garage sale to raise money for its efforts to help the homeless children of Nepal. All are welcome to come by and talk to Bingham about his project. For more information, go to www.nanashouse.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the old Island Variety space in the IGA Market center. Science Fair: The annual Vashon PTSA Science Fair will feature 6th- and 8th-grade science and research projects as well as a number of community organization displays. Groups participating this year include the Vashon Audubon Society, Vashon High School Science Club, Vashon Robotics Club and more. There will be hands-on activities for kids of all ages. This family-friendly event is free, and all are welcome to attend. For more information, call 463-3077. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McMurray Middle School. Drug Take-Back Event: The Vashon Pharmacy, in partnership with VARSA and the King County Sheriff’s Department, will participate in this nationwide program. Bring your unused and outdated prescription drugs for proper disposal. For more information, call VARSA at 567-2647. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farmers Market at the Village Green. Farmers Market: Find produce, plant starts, hot food, coffee, artisan wares, hard cider, beer and wine all at the market. This week the market will host the Vashon Schools Foundation and VARSA’s drug take-back event (see above listing for details). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Village Green.

PUBLIC MEETINGS Vashon School District: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Chautauqua Elementary School.

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Master Gardener Clinic: Feeling bugged? Some insects are helpful and others need to be controlled. Let gardening experts answer your insect questions. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside True Value. Hestia Women’s Day of Wellness: Take a day for yourself with massage, dancing, art, conversations, journaling, meditation, lunch and more. Cost is $75 per person or $140 for two. Go to www.hestiaretreat. org for more information and to register. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Vashon Cohousing. Professional Storyteller: Debbie Dimitre will offer a portrayal of Anne Hutchinson, a Puritan woman at the center of controversy during the country’s beginnings. Cost is free, though donations will be accepted, and refreshments will be served after the show. 2 to 3 p.m. at the Methodist church. Vashon Dances of Universal Peace: Honor world religions with simple circle dances to live music, followed by a meal. For more information, call Suzanna at 463-5255. 3 p.m. at Vashon Intuitive Arts. Food Bank Benefit: All are invited to “Rocks & Roll,” a special Vashon rocks exhibit with a guest speaker in the afternoon and music and dancing with deejay Prince Voltaire in the evening. Admission is free with a non-perishable donation to the food bank. Noon to 4 p.m. exhibit, and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. dancing in the Ober Park Performance Room.

SUNDAY • 27 Unitarian Service: Director of religious exploration Indigo Lewis will lead an intergenerational service where high schoolers and other students will share their personal credos. 9:45 a.m. in Lewis Hall behind Burton Community Church. Burton Community Church: BCC welcomes guest minister Rev. Bradley Kricke, who served in the ministry at Lakewood UCC for eight years. 11 a.m. at Burton Community Church. Car show: A Triumph car show will be held beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Point Robinson. Visitors can park in

This year’s prom-themed Vashon Maury Cooperative Preschool auction fundraiser takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Open Space for Arts & Community and aims to be the prom to right all prom wrongs. Organizers say to bring who you want, wear what you want and be who you want at this grownup party of the year, hosted by the “Prim Family Professional Prom Planners” aka the Washington State Fairies. There will be food and adult milkshakes from Zombiez, Tease chocolates and local spirits, a live auction and a dance party featuring deejay Whitmore. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased at the Vashon Bookshop or at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/535804. the lower lot. Vashon Opera Preview: Norm Hollingshead will give a preview of Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffman,” to be performed by the Seattle Opera May 3 to 17, and Massenet’s “Werther,” which the Vashon Opera will perform May 16 and 18. 2 p.m. at the Vashon Library.

TUESDAY • 29 Life Story Exchange Circle: All Vashon seniors are invited to come and share their life stories. 1 p.m. at the Vashon Senior Center. Community Cinema: The screen will be dark this night in tribute to Patrick Baroch, Independent Television Service’s national engagement consultant in Seattle, who passed away last month.

UPCOMING Zen Center Spring Retreat: The retreat, titled “The Eight-fold Path,” will be led by Koshin Chris Cain and Giko David Rubin. Registration deadline is Friday, April 25. For more information and to register, go to http://pszc.org/retreats. Friday, May 2, to Sunday, May 4, at Camp Sealth. Why do we Sleep?: This TED Talk video features circadian neurologist Russell Foster addressing questions of why people sleep, how much sleep is needed at different ages and sleep as a predictor of mental health. 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Vashon Senior Center. Let’s Read Poetry: All are welcome to read their poems (two page limit) and celebrate poetry on the last day of poetry month. For more information, contact Ina Whitlock at iwhitlock@centurytel. net. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday,

April 30, at the Vashon Bookshop. Zen Center: Discussion night will feature the topic of root religion: How does your Zen practice relate to the traditions you were raised with? 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Puget Sound Zen Center, 20406 Chautauqua Beach Road. One Minute Games/60 Second Film Festival: All are invited to participate in this event to be filmed for an entry in the 60 Second Film Festival. Play hilarious one-minute games based on the TV show “Minute to Win It,” for Peter Ray to video tape. Call Weslie Rodgers at 463-5566 or email weslie@northbest.com to RSVP. 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the Ober Park Performance Room.

CLASSES Core Centric: Core Centric is now offering TRX Strength and Conditioning classes at 6 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. Classes cost $15 to $20 with the purchase of a multi-class card. For more information, call 388-8953, email info@ CoreCentricTraining.com or go to www.corecentrictraining.com. AARP Defensive Driving Class: Dave Rogers will teach this “55 Alive” driver safety class. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Call the senior center at 463-5173 to register. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at the fire station on Bank Road. Middle School Parent Toolbox: In this one-day, interactive workshop, parents will learn about the latest research and parenting tools they need to be prepared for the middle-school years. Participants will also learn about teen brain development, media awareness, drug and alcohol use prevention

tools, conflict management skills and more. Cost is $75 with a sliding scale and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the VYFS PlaySpace. Healing From Within: This is a transformative skills-based workshop to be led by Letitia Reason where participants will learn the self-empowerment techniques of Louise L. Hay. Emphasis will be placed on the significance of the mind-body connection and the role that thoughts play in our daily lives. Cost is $85. For more information or to register, email letitia.reason@ gmail.com or call 919-8495. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Havurat Ee Shalom. Hugelkultur Garden Workshop: Come to this free workshop and learn a new strategy to create a self-watering, self-feeding and productive garden bed. Instructor Laura Sweany will discuss the benefits of hugelkultur and then will demonstrate the technique by building a hugel mound on an island property. All ages are welcome. Attendees are asked to dress appropriately for the weather and to bring a sack lunch — class will take place rain or shine. Call Sweany at 369-7590 to reserve a place. Location information will be provided at time of reservation. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Prenatal Yoga: Nicole Grey will lead this four-week class focusing on gentle and strengthening postures. Cost is $56 for four weeks or $16 per class drop-in. No experience necessary and registration is required. To register, send check payable to Island Yoga Center to PO Box 2062, or drop it off in the red mailbox by the front door. For more information, call 463-2058 or email info@islandyogacenter. com. 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, May 7 through 28.


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Spring Fling 2014 Kids come out for Vashon’s Easter fest As the rain came down on Saturday, more than 200 Vashon kids enjoyed all the regular Easter favorites at Spring Fling — egg dying, bonnet making, egg hunts and, of course, the Easter Bunny. Three kids were the lucky winners of the egg hunt, finding the golden eggs and winning Easter baskets. Golden egg winners were 1-year-old Jack Jovanovich, 5-year-old-Landon Youngmann and 8-year-old Kody Rose. Riley Benjamin-Meyer, 6, won the jelly bean counting contest, guessing that a large jar of jelly beans contained 1,200 candies. He was very close — the real number was 1,215. Spring Fling is Sponsored by the Vashon Chamber of Commerce and the Vashon Island Merchants. Natalie Martin Photos

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Go green in the garden: Free information cards make it easy Island experts create purchasing guide By SUSAN RIEMER Staff Writer

Islanders concerned about the environmental effects of lawn and garden products have a new resource available to help make choices that protect the health of humans, wildlife and water. A series of informational cards now available for free at several island stores covers a range of topics, from fertilizers to moss and pest control measures. They include a variety of products to turn to, all categorized according to the environmental effects of their ingredients, said Michael Laurie, who has considerable professional experience with environmental issues and spearheaded the effort to make the cards. They also provide general information on practices to prevent each specific lawn or garden problem or to avoid using chemicals to address them. Making such decisions is important for the people and animals that live where the products are used, Laurie said, but choices make a difference further afield as well. “Choosing green garden products can protect the water quality — streams and groundwater — which we all rely on, and also protects Puget Sound,” he said. In looking out at Puget Sound, it is easy to believe it is a healthy body of water, Laurie said, but that is not the case. “Puget Sound is not in as good shape as many think,” he said. “There is science that some high-impact products are in

Puget Sound and have been found to have impacts there.” With cards in hand, however, gardeners can keep environmental health in mind while shopping — or sorting through their garden shed to see what they already have at the ready. On the Non-Insect Pest Control card, for example, a gardener struggling with slugs or snails can see that at one end of the environmental spectrum is making traps using melon rinds, boards or beer and picking the critters off and squashing them. Moving beyond that, also in the low-environmental impact category, are several iron phosphate products, such as Sluggo and copper barriers. One product carrying a medium impact to the environment is listed as well as three high-environmental impact products, all containing metaldehyde, such as Corry’s Slug & Snail Death. Some gardeners may remember that an earlier version of these cards was first created seven years ago. They were only available for a short time because of funding constraints, but data from before and after the cards were out showed a difference in

purchasing choices, Laurie said. This year, with a new grant from the Puget Sound Partnership, Laurie and several others interested in environmental issues decided to reissue the cards. They surveyed all the products available on Vashon, he said, and then, based on the scientific work behind the website Grow Smart Grow Safe, a consumer guide to pest controls and fertilizers, they divided all the products into low, medium and high environmental impact categories to create the cards. The cards are now available at True Value, Island Home Center & Lumber, Kathy’s Corner and The Country Store and Farm.

Additional cards have been given to other groups and individuals, he said, in an effort to get the word out. Come fall, Laurie said he would like to see the sales figures for the different products and compare that information to last year’s to help determine how effective the cards were. “That will help give us a better comparison,” he said. In the end, Laurie added, he thinks that when faced with a gardening or lawn care challenge, most people simply want products that work. “If you can give them something that works and is green, then wow, that is a double bonus,” he said.

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Greywater can ease our dependence on the aquifer Q: How long do we have to continue to pull out increasing quantities of water from our watershed before irreparable damage to our environment is done? How long do we have before we must turn toward an alternative water supply instead of solely relying on our underground water and our streams? A: No time. We must act now! There are many examples of a mistaken belief in just how much water a community thought they had. Just look north to the San Juan Islands where, on an island just like ours, they overdrafted their aquifer and saltwater came in instead. I am a commissioner on the board of Water District 19, Vashon's largest water supplier. If you think a water district’s only job is to sell water, you might think it’s odd to be helping the community to get water from elsewhere. “Elsewhere” is from places like the rainwater we can catch from our roofs or the used water from our laundries, showers and bathtubs (greywater). I want to encourage us to become “water-focused” people who work for all the “water users” — not just the inhabitants of the island, but also the non-voting creatures of the land and sea. All water-using beings are part of an ecosystem where having plenty of quality water isn’t an “optional extra.” Alternative water supply fits right in with the mission of Water District 19: “To provide a sufficient quantity of good quality water at a reasonable cost to our members, in perpetuity.” There are a lot of subjective

WATER By JENNY BELL terms in that statement that we need to work out both as individuals and as a community. The big phrase of this mission is “in perpetuity” — that means forever. Forever requires reliance on sustainable water sources or making sure that the water sources we use are not being depleted. What we do with water should be able to be done over and over again with no harm to the system. Alternative water supply is the pathway through. We want to encourage local growing, but summer brings no rain and our plants need water at a time when no water is going into the system. This is like taking money out of the bank for a whole season without putting any back in. We are all drinking from the same cup, and if we take more when there is less, we take from another part of the system — that is, another water user. A fish can’t decide to use less. To get water from “elsewhere” in the summer is to work with nature instead of against her. Doing more with less water is also a good strategy. This is a great time to conserve, as Water District 19 will be reviewing pricing policy to reward efficient users. Time to do things like put a brick in

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your toilet tank to reduce the quantity of water you flush. Spring is preparation time for waterfocused people. Our graphs show we extract much more water in the summer months, likely for irrigation. The water-focused people are getting busy like bees this spring and preparing to get water from “elsewhere” for their summer watering. King County Public Health is actively working with us. They are in the midst of reviewing greywater reuse policy and are considering an island-wide exemption from needing a permit for the simplest “laundry-to-landscape” system. Stay tuned. In the meantime, let’s get busy. Tonight I am holding a free workshop on greywater at the library. The only cost is that you pass on the information about greywater to at least one other person. Imagine how quickly we can transform our

practices and take the weight off Mother Nature. Too often we act too late and don’t realize we have overdone it until we have no recourse. Have you heard the story that a frog will not leave a pot of water as the temperature is raised gradually, all the way to boiling point, until the consequences are fatal? There are so many examples of slow environmental response all around us — remember the San Juan Islands mentioned earlier? Thomas Fuller said, “You never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” We want to be ahead of the game here and give everyone “water-focused” corrective lenses so we don’t go water blind ... and thirsty. — Jenny Bell is an independent water consultant and a commissioner for Water District 19.

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caused by the transport of food. Find alternatives to burning yard waste, such as composting it. Do all your errands at one time, reducing car trips into town. Keep a bike at work for short trips around town. Ask your employer if you can telecommute one day a week or periodically. Use www.rideshareonline.com to see if there’s someone you could carpool with, or join a King County Metro Vanpool.

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When landscaping, plant native species in your backyard or garden and pull invasive ones. Reduce or eliminate your use of pesticides and harmful fertilizers. (See page 14 to read about a new effort to distribute information on green lawn and garden products.) Consider planting plants that will attract beneficial insects and birds. Add a layer of mulch around plants to deter weeds while cooling the roots and preserving moisture.

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Turn your thermostat down two degrees in the winter and up — if you have air conditioning — two degrees in the summer. Turn your refrigerator temperature down. When purchasing new appliances, look for models labeled EnergyStar or WaterSense that conserve energy and water.

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Donate used items that are still in good condition to thrift stores rather than throwing them away. Consider composting food scraps. Dispose of old electronics at recycling events that occur on Vashon periodically. Dispose of expired prescription medications at the pharmacy or drug takeback events on the island. Use reusable water bottles. Use your own cup at the coffee shop. Most shops will happily fill them. If you’re unsure how or where to recycle specific items, see King County’s “What do I do with...� website at http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/ wdidw/index.asp.

County seeks to recognize workplaces that prevent waste King County is now accepting applications for its Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling list. The annual list, now in its eighth year, recognizes businesses in King County that have excelled at preventing waste and promoting recycling. County officials say that last year there were no Vashon businesses on the list. To be eligible for the award, a business must meet five criteria and be be able to meet at least 10 benchmarks. Possible benchmarks include actions such as collecting food scraps for composting, collecting batteries for recycling or offering paperless billing to customers. Applications are due by June 13. To see qualifications and apply, see http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/garbage-recycling/best-workplaces.asp.

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able materials breaking down in a process that uses oxygen, the system breaks down materials in the absence of oxygen. Waste that can’t be traditionally composted, such CONTINUED FROM 1 as manure, meat and other proteins, can be anaerobically composted. “We are the perfect petri dish to study this, and we need And while traditional composting releases carbon dioxto set an example on this 11,000-people scale,” said Gib ide, a greenhouse gas, an anaerobic system produces priDammann, an associate architect who is leading the effort. marily methane, a natural gas that can be captured and Group members say they’re still in the early stages of harvested as energy. researching whether such a system, called an anaerobic “Part of what got me excited about this project is that we digester, would be feasible on Vashon, and it’s likely a tradi- could become carbon neutral,” Lakey said. tional composing facility would be a first step. So far, howAnaerobic digesters have been widely used across Europe ever, the ambitious effort has garnered positive responses. for years. In Germany, thousands of the systems constructZero Waste Vashon is working with a Seattle firm that ed there have allowed the country to shut down 35 percent believes it can build a system to fit the island. GreenTech, of its landfills. a small but respected group that works “It’s pretty established science,” to foster environmentally sound busiDammann said. “We are the perfect petri dish ness, is involved. The company that King County, in fact, is currently collects trash and recycling on Vashon exploring the technology as well as to study this, and we need has indicated that it could pick up compart of a larger effort to study its waste to set an example on this post at the curb as well. And nearly 40 disposal processes and implement more 11,000-people scale.” islanders have volunteered to work on sustainable options. It recently adopted subcommittees in the group, including Gib Dammann a policy called Zero Waste by 2030, waste management experts, composting leader in Zero Waste Vashon hoping to eventually see that no materispecialists, lawyers, financial experts, als of value end up in a landfill. business owners, scientists and grant The county currently operates a large writers. landfill in Maple Valley and transports “There’s an incredible talent base of citizens here. It food waste and yard debris to a private composting facility. makes it really inspiring,” said Julia Lakey, a community Josh Marx, an official in the county’s Solid Waste activist who, along with Brundle, is now a vice president of Division, called anaerobic digestion “a fantastic concept,” Zero Waste Vashon. but not one without its share of challenges. To justify a Lakey said she’s long been frustrated to see trucks full of system on Vashon, he said, islanders would have to prove garbage — what amounts to about 150 tons a week, accord- there would be enough waste. King County hasn’t offered ing to King County — board the ferry headed for a landfill. curbside food and yard waste pickup on Vashon, Marx “That’s not what we want to spend our precious fossil said, because it doesn’t believe there’s enough demand. The fuel on, transporting our garbage,” she said. waste must also be very clean, he said, or free of materials At the same time, truck after truck of compost comes that don’t belong in the composting system, something that onto the island each year. In fact, Lakey said, she’s heard can be difficult to accomplish. from a good source that compost is so in demand on “There has to be a guarantee there’s material to maintain Vashon that some retailers simply can’t order as much as it. It you build it, you have to feed it,” he said. they need. An anaerobic digester, she said, would solve that Waste supply is exactly what Zero Waste Vashon is curissue and more. rently looking at, Brundle said. With what it believes are Anaerobic digestion is similar to conventional compost- firm numbers for residential waste, volunteers are now ing except for one crucial detail: Instead of the biodegrad- talking with local restaurants and other businesses about

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participating in community composting, and they will soon start a small case study at the Vashon Tea Shop. “Now we’re focusing on the big contributors,” she said. “Households are the low-hanging fruit.” Several years ago another group explored the idea of locating an anaerobic digester on Vashon, possibly at the K2 site, but that effort never gained traction. Dammann, who also started Vashon Solar LLC, a successful community solar project, said he believes this time is different. Many more people are involved in this effort, he said, science has moved forward, and climate change is a greater concern than ever. He believes a large contingent of Vashon business and residents are ready to put their compost at the curb. “All the way across the board, the need has increased,” he said. Brundle, who also works for the National Parks Conservation Association, said she also believes islanders will want to participate in community composting, but lots of outreach and education would be involved, and the group should begin with simple composting while researching more complex additions such as an anaerobic digester. “I think it needs to be rolled out in stages,” she said, adding that because of the island’s distinct boundaries and easy-to-measure waste stream, Vashon is a good place to pilot such a program. Marx at King County agreed, saying the county would be willing to partner with the island and consider locating a composting center at the transfer station at if the project proves feasible. A large composting facility could eventually operate off the profit it produces, but would likely require capital funds from grants and community fundraising to get off the ground. “I’d love to see it happen,” Marx said. “We just have to keep talking and keep studying and keep watching prices.” Zero Waste Vashon meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month downstairs at the Church of the Holy Spirit, and all are welcome to attend. For more information about the group, contact Gib Dammann at gibd@comcast.net.

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POETRY READING: Writer and storyteller Merna Hecht will read and discuss “The Colors of My Past” at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Vashon Bookshop. The book features poetry written by teen immigrants and refugees under the guidance of Hecht. The students attend Foster High School in Tukwila.

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Two men, two lives tell one story in new play Islander Peter Serko insists he’s a glass half-empty kind of guy. But judging from the story he plans to tell in a one-man show Saturday night at the Blue Heron, you’d never know it. With the provocative title “My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg,” Peter spins a humorous yet poignant multi-media tribute to his late brother, David Serko, who died of AIDS during the height of the epidemic in New York City. The two brothers, though close, were six years apart and spent the majority of their early adults years on different coasts. With David’s HIV diagnosis in 1988, everything changed. For the first few years, David continued performing on Broadway and at the White House for President Reagan, among other shows. But as David’s health declined, Peter, who is now 60, made more frequent visits to his brother, describing that time as an indelible experience. “David’s illness brought us together,” Peter said, “and his death changed my life.” This is a story with many topics and themes — AIDS, social stigma, lack of medical and personal support, honesty and unconditional love, the true meaning of friendship and courage. It is also a story within a story — one that tells a stunning tale about the unseen hands of synchronicity and the power of intention. Peter instinctively knew in November of 1992, the last month of his brother’s life, that these stories needed to be told. He also knew he would do the telling. What he didn’t know was when, or how or what form they would take. For a glass half-empty guy, this meant taking a big leap. It was David who helped him to land. No stranger to both the trepidation and ecstasy of the leap — he took any number on stage as a performer and as an early gay activist — David’s inner convictions always gave him a safety net of sorts, something he bequeathed to Peter in a final act of grace. “The last thing my brother said was to follow your heart,” Peter said, “and I knew what he meant. Be true to oneself, follow one’s dreams and live life to its fullest.” It took two decades, but in 2012, Peter jumped. He created The David Serko Project online to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his brother’s death. Peter knew six of David’s friends and wanted to connect with others. By chance, he found a photo gallery on the website of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), the gay activist network. Scrolling through the images, Serko saw

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stories and memories, photographs and video clips poured in from over 100 of David’s friends. Moved by what he received and with David’s counsel ringing in his ears, Peter, who never intended to be a writer let alone a performer, began to write. It started with a poem about the day David asked Peter to plan his funeral. “That day is still so vivid,” Peter said. “That whole time was one of the richest experiences of my life. It was intense. I never felt so alive or as in touch with who he was.” Fourteen poems, several prose monologues, photographs and video clips later, Peter had the content for his play. Through another chance meeting, Peter met Brian Desmond, a former Pacific Lutheran University theater professor. Under Desmond’s direction, Peter crafted his show. The set recreates the AIDS ward in the New York hospital where Peter and David’s friends spent many hours together telling stories. As for the title, Peter says it came to him in a dream when he watched his brother give the creator of Facebook a peck on the cheek. Peter found it fitting because of Facebook’s key role uncovering the life and friends of his brother. The timing to roll out “My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg” couldn’t be better. With mainstream movies like “The Dallas Buyers Club” receiving critical acclaim, the story of the AIDS epidemic is finally receiving its due. Peter’s play joins these emerging artistic explorations of that dark and tragic “plague era” in which a generation of mostly gay men died difficult deaths in the prime of their lives. Peter hopes his play will get people talking as AIDS still claims millions of lives throughout the world, with no cure on the horizon. He also plans to bring his story to Vashon High School in a panel discussion with several staff members whose lives were touched by the epidemic. “Telling the story of AIDS is healing. It educates and it counsels,” Peter said. It also put Peter on a trajectory he never intended. “It’s crazy,” he laughed. “I still can’t look on the bright side, so to go ahead and do this show with no second thought is absurd. But I’m listening to my heart. And my brother is with me.”

“My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg” will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Vashon High School theater. Tickets are $8 for students, $14 for VAA members and $18 for general admission. This is a 2104 VAA New Work.

Author tackles tough subject with tiny heroines Jean Davis Okimoto is an award-winning author and publisher with an impressive list of credits to her name. Only you’d never know it. Meeting her for the first time, Okimoto’s warm yet elegant manner, close listening, thoughtful responses and delightful humor belie her considerable accomplishments, the latest of which is the publication of “Five Famous Mice Meet Winston of Churchill,” Okimoto’s 21st book. “Five Famous Mice,” which Okimoto will read and sign at 6 p.m Friday at the Vashon Bookshop, is a sequel to “Winston of Churchill: One Bear’s Battle Against Global Warming.” Both of these light-hearted children’s books tackle the serious topic of global warming, while subtly including inspirational speeches from historical figures. In the first book, Okimoto introduced Winston of Churchill, a brave and charismatic polar bear who educates his fellow bears about why their home is melting. Using speeches from his namesake, Winston inspires the bears to protest global warming. In the sequel, five disenfranchised mice fight the good fight against global warming and their own right to be heard. Based on five Canadian women who campaigned for women’s rights — known as the Famous Five — Okimoto’s mice quote lines from speeches made by their leader, Nellie McClure. Like the mice, Okimoto knows how to take action and

to be heard. After publishing books with major houses for the past 20 years, Okimoto reached her fill with editors making decisions about her writing. So she met the problem head on and established her own publishing house, Endicott and Hugh Books. Along with “Winston” and “Famous Five,” Endicott and Hugh has published two books out of Okimoto’s fictional trilolgy about Vashon, several memoirs and a collection of poetry. She said she is having a ball doing it herself. “I turn 72 at the end of the year. One of the great criteria for how I use my time is to ask is this any fun?” While fun may be one criterion, being meaningful is the other. Okimoto, who worked as a psychotherapist for 40 years, describes herself as being in the last third of life, often called the generative phase. “There is a point in your 60s and 70s where you begin to shift your focus from what you can acheive to nurturing the achievement of others,” she said. True to her words, Okimoto voluntarily facilitates a weekly memoir group and finds the work an absolute joy. As a publisher, Okimoto wants “to give life to other people’s projects,” primarily works by people with whom she feels a connection. She also chooses where to donate her books’ proceeds. For “Famous Five,” Okimoto picked the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust and invited Tom

Jean Davies Okimoto Dean, the executive director, to give a brief talk before her reading. Despite her many accolades, Okimoto doesn’t let herself off the hook, she said. “You sit alone for hours and wonder if you are doing anything of help here. I have to work with that thought.”


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UMO offers free tickets to kids’ show By JULI GOETZ MORSER Staff Writer

The UMO Ensemble recently caught a tiger by the tail. With the goal of bringing a live performance to under-served Seattle schoolchildren, UMO performed “Red Tiger Tales” off-island to an enthusiastic crowd of 1,200 kindergarten through 12th- grade students. They plan to do it again, only this time on Vashon. UMO and Open Space will give free tickets to all of Vashon’s children under the age of 18 to see “Red Tiger Tales” at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Open Space for Arts & Community. In Seattle, UMO partnered with ACT Theatre, garnering financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts to pay for bussing the children to the theater and for producing the show. Courtesy Photo “We didn’t have a clue how Lyam White and Janet McAlpin perform in “Red Tiger it would go,” said director Tales” on Sunday at the Open Space. Elizabeth Klob, “but it was so amazingly successful, we decidred-nosed clown monks tell the stories.” ed to try it on Vashon.” Each UMO Ensemble clown monk is Klob met with Janet McAlpin and David assigned a different life problem to tackle, Godsey, the founders of Open Space, who and they do so using masks and puppets, agreed to co-produce the performance while singing, clowning, dangling from using funds from a grant from 4Culture, ropes, performing aerial tricks, juggling which also supports their “Sunday at 4” and balancing. series. The result is a free ticket for every Last performed on Vashon four years child on Vashon to see “Red Tiger Tails.” ago, “Red Tiger Tails” includes some Adults have to pay their own way at $15 recent changes. per ticket. “There are lots of improvements,” said “Red Tiger Tales” is UMO’s irreverent Klob. “We’ve taken it to a new level.” approach to a collection of ancient Tibetan Tickets will be distributed to Vashon and Zen Buddhist, Sufi and Christian tales students through the schools. of wonder. Adults can buy their $15 tickets at the “These are universal tales that show up door. in many traditions,” said Klob, “and our

AROUND TOWN Opera expert will preview upcoming show Norm Hollingshead will give a preview lecture on Vashon Opera’s upcoming production of “Werther” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Vashon Library. This lecture follows his preview of Seattle Opera’s “The Tales of Hoffman.” “Werther” is based on Goethe’s iconic novel, “The Sorrows of Young Werther.” The score tells the story of Werther, a sensitive young artist in love with Charlotte, who is duty-bound to fulfill her dying mother’s wish that she marry another man. In growing desperation, Werther ends this impossible love with his death. Jules Massenet’s emotionally vivid music illuminates the complex psychology of its troubled protagonists. Vashon Opera will present a cast of professional opera stars, featuring Wesley Rogers as Werther, Melina Pyron as Charlotte, Barry Johnson as Le Bailli, Courtney Ruckman as Sophie, and Ryan Bede as Albert. There will also be a chamber orchestra and children’s chorus. “Werther” is directed and conducted by Jim Brown and will be sung in French with English subtitles. It will open at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, and there will be with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, both at Bethel Church. Reduced-rate tickets for students and families are $15 for the dress rehearsal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14. Individual tickets are $32. Tickets are on sale at Vashon Bookshop and online at www.vashonopera.org.

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Orchestra plays twice, for adults and children The Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra will welcome spring with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday for adults and at 11 a.m. Saturday for children. Both concerts will be held at the Blue Heron. The orchestra, led by music director and concertmaster Karin Choo, will be joined by Vashon musicians Linda Lee (piano) and Gaye Detzer (violin). The program includes Delius’ lush “On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring” and “Air and Dance, Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1,” Arthur Foote’s “Suite for String Orchestra in E Major” and selections from Busoni’s beautiful and rarely heard “Concerto for Piano and Strings in D Minor.”

Karin Choo Tickets for Friday night are $10 for VAA members, students and seniors and $12 for general admission. Tickets for Saturday’s concert for kids are by donation.

Kids recreate 1950s in a classic musical Vashon Allied Arts will present the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” this weekend at the methodist church. Marita Ericksen and Pam Hotchkiss will direct a troupe of theatrical island youth in this classic production. Set in the 1950s, “Bye Bye Birdie” is loosely based on the Elvis Presley phenomenon and the effect he might have had on one small American town. The musical includes the popular and familiar hit songs “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Boy,” “One Kiss” and “Ed Sullivan.” Shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 for youth,

Ensemble plays baroque music on period instruments The Salish Sea Early Music Festival will return to Bethel Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29. Harpsichordist Elisabeth Wright, viola da gambist Susie Napper and Susie Napper of the Salish Sea baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan will present Simphonie, a program of well-known baroque trio sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean Philippe Rameau, Jean-Marie Leclair, Francois Couperin and Jean-Henri D’Anglebert. This ensemble — previously known as the Seattle Baroque Trio — was one of the first to represent the Seattle early music scene in Europe three decades ago. Tickets are by suggested donation of $15 or $20 and free for those 18 and under.

Publish the Quest returns from world tour Publish the Quest, a band with deep Vashon roots and worldwide recognition as both a musical and philanthropic force, is coming home for a show at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bike. Publish The Quest blends groove music melodies with vocally driven compositions that question social issues through storytelling. Working with the nonprofit Learn Africa, the band made recent trips to Cape Verde, Zimbabwe, Mali, Poland, Portugal and Spain to perform

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in music festivals and other venues. After three years of traveling, recording and collaborating, Publish the Quest just released its full-length album “A Thousand Kinds of Gold!” which they recorded in Seattle, Zimbabwe, Mali and Nigeria. The album features Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, Vieux Farka Toure, Nneka, Edith WeUtonga Katiji, Jeff DeMelle, Caleb Cunningham, Mark Oi, Mike Marlatt, Bill Jones, Matt Chamberlain, Izaak Mills and others. Due to the popularity of this band, early arrival is recommended. Tickets are $8 at the door. All ages are welcome until 11 p.m., then 21 and older only.

Delilah Pearl and the Mantarays will bring jazz standards to the Bike Delilah Pearl & The Mantarays will bring the rhythm and romance of 1940s vocal jazz and swing standards to the Bike at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Influenced by Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Lady Day, Delilah Pearl emulates classic sultry ballads with her soulful, wide ranging and flexible voice. The Mantarays include Dodd Johnson on drums, Michael Whitmore on guitar, Greg Dember on piano and Toliver Goering on bass. Also featured with the band will be special guests Diane Krouse on saxophone and Barry Cooper on trumpet. Islanders Rebekah Kuzma and Andy James will open the show. Kuzma and James sing with shades of the Everly Brothers, the Swell Season and other harmony duos. Expect music from England, Italy, Appalachia and their record collections. This free show is open to all ages until 11 p.m., then 21 and older after that. 


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LACROSSE: The boys’ and girls’ club teams have upcoming games. The girls play at home at 6:30 p.m. Friday against North Kitsap. The boys play at home next at 4 p.m. Saturday. Both teams play at the Vashon High School stadium. A barbecue will follow the boys’ game. WWW.VASHONBEACHCOMBER.COM

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Triathlons combine forces, will host Girls track members outpace boys one large event this summer By KEVIN ROSS For The Beachcomber

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The organizers of Vashon’s two triathlon events, the XTERRA Vashon Off-Road Triathlon and the Heart of the Sound (HOTS) triathlon, have joined forces this year to offer these races as well as a separate trail run and open swim, over one endurancetesting weekend. The newly christened Vashon Island Clean-andDirty Multi-Sport Festival Weekend will take place July 5 and 6 at Dockton Park. Organizers describe it as an effort to both increase local awareness of the events and make more efficient use of time and resources. The weekend will be as challenging as the name is long. “We’re hoping that by combining these events, we’ll bring in more local participants,” said Dana Jessen Rogers, head coach of the Vashon Athletic Club’s Stingray Swim team and Vashon’s XTERRA volunteer organizer and promoter for the last several years. “People on the island really didn’t seem to know about them before.” Given that the weekend will include both off-road as well as road racing, the events should complement rather than conflict with each other, Rogers explained. “Off-road racing ath-

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A HOTS competitor moves from the water to the next stage of the competition in a previous race. letes train differently than road racers. This weekend should really showcase what Vashon has to offer everyone,” she said. Rogers and LuAnn Branch, a triathlete coach and past volunteer for HOTS, have been working to put this triathlon tourde-force together since late last fall. “We just realized that after about a decade of hosting these events separately, it made sense to pool our resources. The volunteer base for both is pretty much the same,” Rogers said, “so it solved a few problems. We’re not going to be saturating weekends all summer now.” As for the location, Rogers believes that many

on the island don’t realize what’s available to them for athletic endeavors and hopes that the weekend will change that. “When I first started working on the XTERRA, I didn’t even know the Dockton trail existed. It’s a King County park, so they (the county) groom it for the event — but that also benefits everyone else who uses the trails, not just the racers on event day.” The first annual Vashon Island Clean and Dirty Multi-Sport Festival Weekend will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6, at Dockton Park. For more information and to register, go to www.hotstriathlon.org.

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The Vashon High School track and field team traveled to Charles Wright Academy last week for its second of four meets at that location. The girls team finished second as a team with 77 points to Charles Wright’s 134 points. Bellevue Christian earned 59 points and Chimacum earned just 16 points. Sophomore Annika Hille, junior Emily Browne and freshman Kathrine Andrus swept the first three places in the girls 100 meters. Hille also won the 200 meters in 28.39 seconds. Andrus also took first in the long jump at 15 feet, 11 inches and the triple jump at 34 feet, 9 inches. Junior Anna Ryckman contributed team points by placing second in the long jump at 15 feet, 5 inches and third place in the triple jump at 27 feet, 9 inches.

The Pirates also swept the girls 1,600 meters with Selena Mildon winning in 6:20 along with her sister Aria Mildon in second place with a time of 7:01. Both are freshmen. Selena also placed third in the girls 800 meters with a time of 2:50. The boys team had a rough go-around in this meet as they were only able to muster 2 points, which came from freshman Kellan Riley in the triple jump as he placed fourth with a distance of 30 feet, 4 inches. Charles Wright Academy finished first in team scoring, followed by Bellevue Christian, Chimacum, Auburn Adventist and the Pirates. The next meet is Thursday, April 24, back at Charles Wright. The team is unable to compete at home because of the poor condition of the track. — Kevin Ross is the assistant coach of the high school track team.

Baseball team loses two on the road By ROBIN HRUSKA For The Beachcomber

The Pirates were on spring break last week but used the time to play two nonleague games. Monday found the team in Port Townsend, where Logan Hawkins pitched four solid innings, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Pirates past Port Townsend, and the Pirates lost 3-0. Hawkins gave up just three hits, allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out three during his four innings of work. Chester Pruett came in for relief and pitched two innings, striking out two, with no walks and allowing only one earned run. The Pirate offense didn’t make much of a showing, with only two hits for the team from Josh Hruska Myer. The Pirates went on to play Overlake on Friday, losing 13-3, despite a total of six hits. Overlake got an early jump on

the game by scoring three runs in the first inning. The Pirate offense came alive in the fourth, scoring three runs of their own, tying up the game until the fifth inning, when Overlake scored 10 runs on two doubles, a two-run error and three singles. The Pirate offense was led by a double from Pruett, then singles by Teddy Attwell, Ezra Lacina, Hruska Myer, Harper Whitney and Sam Schoenberg. The Pirates also played a game Monday after press time against Chimacum. Their upcoming schedule includes a game Friday at Cascade Christian High School and a home game next Monday against Bush High School at 4 p.m. Six of the team’s games have been postponed because of rain, and their current record, including non-league play, is 3-7. — Robin Hruska is the parent of a Pirate baseball player.


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Wrestlers have success at regional contest Youth baseball opens, Bennedsen honored

By ANDERS BLOMGREN For The Beachcomber

Four Vashon wrestlers spent their spring break in Las Vegas, not to hit to slot machines, but to hit the mats, often, and against strong opposition at the Western Regionals competition. Chase Wickman won the prestigious Double Championship in the junior division. This is a remarkable feat — one that led headlines on the nation’s wrestling website, www.themat.com. Vashon has never had a junior champ, much less a double champ. Wickman won both the Freestyle and Greco Roman competitions. Along the way, he pinned or tech falled all his opponents, and there were four state champions in his bracket. Logan Nelson competed in the Cadet (15-16 years) age group and had a stellar showing as well, finishing second in the Greco Roman competition and third in the Freestyle.

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Chase Wickman pins at opponent on his way to becoming the Double Champion Hunter Burger thrilled spectators in his runner-up performance in the Schoolboy (13-14 years) Greco Roman championship, and he placed sixth in the Freestyle portion. Ryan Nelson found success in the Novice (11-12) age group, placing fourth in the Greco Roman division

and sixth in the Freestyle division, demonstrating that he will be a force in the older age groups in the near future. — Anders Blomgren is a Vashon wrestling coach.

Soccer team easily handles Chimacum at away game The Vashon boys’ soccer team traveled to Chimacum last week during spring break. With a lack of Pirate players in attendance due to spring break, there were five varsity players and 11 JV players on hand for the match. Controlling possession and out-running the opponents, Vashon won 7-1. Goal leaders were varsity player Anthony Gateman with two and JV player Zane Bork with two. Goalkeeper Brett Beardsley had a great performance but

was scored on late due to a breakdown in Vashon defensive concentration. Also notable was JV player Grayson Gale, who contributed solidly to the defensive back line. This week the Pirates play two tough games at home. Tuesday, after press time, they played Charles Wright. Thursday will be a rematch of a 2-1 loss to Cascade Christian. JV starts at 4 p.m. and varsity at 6 p.m. — Ben Bork

The Vashon Youth Baseball & Softball season grand opening will be at the VES Fields on Saturday morning with an “all are welcome� celebration. Festivities will kick off with a small parade, games and pizza. At 11 a.m., members of the American Legion will conduct a flag ceremony followed by brief speeches. Sen. Sharon Nelson will address the crowd as will Kaleen Cottingham, the director of the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, the grant agency that helped fund the VES Fields project. Finally, there will be thanks given to the numerous donors and volunteers for the VES project, and the north field will be dedicated to 1st Lt. Robert N. Bennedsen, who graduated from Vashon High School and was killed in Afghanistan

Bennedsen at age 25 on July 18, 2010. The Vashon Park District recently voted unanimously to name the field after Bennedsen, who was an avid athlete and a mentor to many island youth, including commissioner Joe Wald’s son. Wald recommended the field be dedicated to Bennedsen, citing the young man’s strength of character and his many contributions to the island and his service to the country. “It would be an honor to name the field after him,� he said at the recent meeting.

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were attending a Vashon Household meeting in another room on the 17300 block of 96th Place SW. A 911 hang-up call was received from the 18500 block of 103rd Avenue SW. March 28: A trespass was reported on the 17400 block of Vashon Highway. March 29: A burglary was reported on the 9800 block of SW 156th Street. March 30: A bicycle was reported as stolen from in front of the Red Bicycle Bistro. March 31: Sheriff ’s deputies responded to a report of a vehicle on the side of the road, where the driver was found to be drunk and slumped over the steering wheel with a can of beer beside him, on SW Madrona Road near Westside Highway. Two McMurray Middle School students reported suspicious circumstances to a school counselor, stating that two of their friends admitted to breaking into a “beach house” to drink beer and party. April 1: A windshield was vandalized on the 14900 block of Vashon Highway. April 2: A burglary was reported on the 8900 block of SW Quartermaster

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Ostrom and Bill Ameling in preparing a long-range financial plan to address the concerns raised in the past two state audits. The plan is that the group will meet four to six times over nine weeks, with meetings lasting two hours or less. Specific dates and times will be established after the committee has been filled. Those interested should forward a brief explanation of why they would like to serve on the committee and what qualifies them for this task to Elaine Ott, executive director, Vashon Park District, no later than April 30. Her email address is eott@ vashonparkdistrict.org.

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staff and new inventory to the store, as well as spruced up the building’s interior and exteriors. All the while, he’s continued his long-time career in California, working in the boat industry. “We decided that because the store has been a part of the community for so long that it was important to keep it going,” Mike told The Beachcomber last year, when he began managing the place. “We really just want to make it a more fun place for people to come and hang out and get whatever they need.” For Mike, who is now a youthful-looking 52 years old, the business has been a central fact of his life since childhood. “When I was in the fifth grade, my mother asked us if we’d be interested in her buying the store,” Mike said. “She actually was concerned about it — was it a good idea for our family?” Mike remembers helping out at the store, sometimes joined by his older brother, Jim Biel, throughout his childhood, teenage and young adult years. Vy Biel was actually the third owner of The Country Store and Farm, a place of business that opened up in 1964 in its first location, in the historic Center building that now houses Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie. The mural that graced the south side of the building then depicted old-timers sitting around a pot-bellied stove,

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Mike Biel, the son of Vy Biel, now manages The Country Store and has made several changes there. with the legend “The Country Store,” painted above it. (That image is now available on T-shirts sold in the store.) Vy had first had an antique business in the basement of the building, and then bought the Country Store business in 1971. But sometime in 1978 or 1979, her rent for the space went up, and she decided to buy land a little further south on Vashon Highway and move her store there. Mike said Vy was the general contractor for what is the now familiar and picturesque store and nursery. She was assisted, he said,

by local fine and finish carpenters, as well as by himself and his brother, in the build out of the space. A mail-order catalog business, which Vy added after the move, helped the store thrive for many years, as did the fact that it offered UPS and FedEx shipping services. “She had a great run here,” said Mike. And now Mike, who was just out of high school when he helped build the current store and garden, has spent the last year rejuvenating the store, which he said had become a bit run-down as his mother’s health and vitality waned

in her last years there. It is work that seems to be in his blood. “I enjoy this kind of stuff,” he said. Mike’s improvements to the store include the addition of several brands of apparel, including Patagonia, Levi’s and Red Wing shoes, to the mix. The store also now features more children’s clothing than before, as well as other things that appeal to youngsters, including a big model train set that graced the store’s windows at Christmas time. The toy department has also expanded, featuring

wooden, science and other educational toys. Mike also has big plans for the gardens that surround the store. “We’re trying to turn the outside into a more park-like setting, to make it a place where people can hang out and have a picnic,” he said. He’s working hard, he added, to reorganize the perennial nursery, and hopes to add more fruits as you-pick options, along with the blueberries that have long been available there in season. Another long-term goal for the business, he said, is to create a space for weddings to take place in the gardens. And already, he’s invited the public to use a meeting space he has constructed in the upper level of the store. And in a modern-day twist to his mother’s idea of creating a mail-order business, he’s also now in the process of improving the store’s website to allow additional income to flow in through e-commerce. Pamela Courtney, who works in the store as Mike’s assistant manager, seems to well understand his passion for the place. She too has fond memories of the store, having worked behind the counter there as a teenager. Now in her mid-40s, she recently returned to Vashon after living in Florida for many years, and said she was happy to come back to the same place where she began her working life so many years before. “It’s actually really cool,” she said. “How many things are the same, and yet how many others are different.”

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Mukai House and Garden represents a blend of cultures By BRUCE HAULMAN & CINDY STOCKETT For The Beachcomber

Vashon is home to one of the most unique landmarked sites in the nation. The Mukai House and Garden, built in 1930, is a synthesis of two cultural influences: the desire of Japanese immigrants to be American and their desire to retain their culture as well. The Mukai House is a traditional 1920s Craftsmanstyle home fronted by a mowed lawn, traditional American garden plantings and a concrete sidewalk that leads to the house. B.D. Mukai wanted very much to live an American lifestyle, and his desire to be American is reflected in the Mukai House. Immediately next to this traditional American house is the Mukai Garden, a wonderful Japanese stroll garden originally bordered by many cherry trees. The Mukai Garden design was closer to Japanese gardens for a home and family than the designs of master gardeners that adhered to strict rules of tradition. The garden was designed to share with family and friends and to provide a venue for social gatherings. The garden is historically significant because it was created by a Japanese woman, Kuni Mukai. It is a synthesis of Japanese and American influences because Kuni used Japanese elements of earth, stones and water to form her design and also used her knowledge of Northwest gardens. Kuni’s desire to retain her Japanese culture is reflected in the Mukai Garden. Together the Mukai House and Garden, along with the neighboring Mukai Cold Process Fruit Barreling Plant, became a King County Landmark in 1993. The next year the barreling plant was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Mukai Garden at its peak in the 1930s and early 1940s was prominently featured in national newspapers like The Christian Science Monitor and on the front page of The Seattle Times. The garden style is probably closest to a stroll garden, but it does not strictly follow the design elements of a stroll garden. This is most likely because Kuni had to rely on her memories of Japanese gardens she may have seen near her hometown of Yokohama, Japan, and a few Japanese pamphlets and books that she brought with her when she immigrated. The term stroll garden is self-explanatory, but it rarely implies random strolling. Many are constructed in such a way that a visitor must move carefully and slowly through the garden, taking time to appreciate the vistas that the path provides. Cherry trees played an important part in Japanese culture. The blooming of cherry trees is still anticipated and celebrated in Japan today. Kuni placed cherry trees in her garden and hosted outdoor tea parties, serving oysters on silver platters. These tea parties celebrated the spirit of renewal that comes with spring. It must have been enchanting for visitors to come at this time of the year. Her tea parties at cherry blossom time were a major Vashon Island social event in the 1930s and 1940s. The Mukai Garden consisted of a “hill garden� on the north end of the property. It was almost entirely surrounded by a pond with koi and even a small boat. This section of the garden is most recognizable today. The “south garden� was equally lovely with a hill landscaped with trees, azaleas and conifers. It was also next to a beau-

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A 1940 photo shows the “hill garden� surrounded by a pond that held koi.

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A 2014 photo shows the same “hill garden� and small pond as it is today. tiful pond and edged with flowering cherry trees. Today the south garden has seen the most damage, as the pond has been filled in and much of the hill destroyed. For years after the Mukais no longer lived there, the home remained a private residence. As can be seen in the 2014 Terry Donnelly photograph, the garden is in disrepair and is in need of significant restoration, though there have been numerous attempts to restore the garden in the past. For example, 1995 was Vashon Allied Arts’ year of the Mukai Restoration Project. The project was funded by a King County Heritage Commission grant to do a restoration study and developed a phase one cleanup and stabilization, followed by a phase two restoration and interpretation. Although this effort got off to a good start, it ultimately floundered and was never developed. In 1999, Island Landmarks began a push to purchase the

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Mukai garden presentation At an event tonight, Cindy Stockett and Karen Baer, members of the Friends of Mukai Garden Committee, will discuss this current effort to stabilize and restore the Muaki Garden. The talk, “Mukai Garden Past and Present,� will cover the early development of the garden, the historical importance of the garden, the present state of the garden and a brief history of the Marshall strawberry and the Mukai strawberry business. This presentation is part of the series of programs sponsored by the Friends of Mukai. It will take place at 7 p.m. tonight, April 23, at the Land Trust Building.

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A Shining Star on Vashon Island for 30 years! Available for Adoption Pudge is an independent kind of guy who loves attention and a lap but on his terms. Pudge has been with his mom his whole life and they still play together and get along even if they don’t snuggle together. Pudge is afraid of dogs and small kids so he would do best in a home with adults who can give him his space alone when he needs it. A bouncing happy little girl, Katie is looking for a family to call her own. People are her favorites, but she has met her four resident cockers in her foster home with friendliness--not threatening and not threatened. She’s eager to become a permanent family member, able to run and explore without a leash. Katie has weathered cataract and dental surgeries with aplomb. Not surprisingly, the results reflect her flawless personality. To meet Katie, please call Barb at 206-567-5222.

Dear VIPP, We just wanted to give you a little update on Morgan, and how wonderfully she’s doing in her new home! She’s the perfect kitty for us, with so much spunk and verve. You are right—she’s a cat on a mission. She really likes the comfort of the warm house, and she spends most days curled up right next to me as I work in the studio. Her personality can still flip-flop, but she lost most of the edge within the first two weeks of being here, and she’s more than anything a sweet sweet cat who wants to be around anything and everything you’re doing—even wants to do the dishes with me, hop in the bath, and drink my coffee! Thanks so much for bringing her into our lives!

Morgan

Annie

Send Your Own Vipp Story to Stories@VIPP.org Saturday Adoptions at the Cat Shelter 11:30-2:30$12200 243rd Street (off Old Mill Rd) Dog Adoptions by appointment only at Dogs@vipp.org

206-389-1085


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